I googled,”Open my eyes, Lord” and this picture is what I found…
Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe)
Reading: He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” (Mark 2:12)
Observation: How many of us, me included, need to see a miracle with our own eyes, before we believe? Personally, I believe that is one of the reasons why our Mother continues to speak to us in the image on Juan Diego’s tilma in Mexico. There is no earthly reason for the tilma to not have deteriorated, there are no signs of any paint or drawing whatsoever on the tilma. Yet more that four hundred years later, the image of our Mother is still hanging in the basilica of Guadalupe, daring us to say the same words that we hear in the Gospel reading today…”We have never seen anything like this.” Are we going to be like the hard hearted Jewish people of Samuel’s time in the first reading today, and keep asking for the king, or can we accept the truth and revelation that has already come?
Personification: Chastity If you read the definition of the fruit of chastity that I have posted on the format for journaling page, that is what I feel called to truly display in my life today and for the rest of my life. It will be my focus, with the grace of God leading me, to seek out true and loving relationships that will encourage me to be able to act appropriately at all times with the gift of sexuality that comes from God.
Prayer: Lord, please continue to work in me a new spirit of understanding and truth every day of the rest of my life, so that your grace will flow through me to everyone I meet today and for the rest of my life. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Here is the best article I have read in a while concerning the movement of Hispanics from the Catholic Church to more evangelical churches…Pay attention to the name of the church that the priest is from that is not losing many parisioners…HMMMMMMM! (I think he is misquoted when he says that it doesn’t matter if the people like it or not, because he wouldn’t be a Pastor if he didn’t care about what the people think…right?)